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post #11 of Old 11-02-2012
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Re: Sailing Singled Handed & No Watch at Achor

I single hand a lot and the best thing I have learned is to not run jack lines down the outside of the boat like everyone tells you to do. At the beam you will be able to lift the jack line 3 feet off the deck, and with a 6 foot tether, you will be well outside the lifelines if you fall over. You will never get yourself back on boat if this happens.

It is better to run multiple jacklines right down of the boat. The first runs from the dodger to the mast and the second from the mast to the bow, and a third in the cockpit. This way if you fall you can't get outside the lifelines.

Lastly, devised a quick release on your stern swim ladder(if you have one) that will allow you to put the ladder down from the water. Getting back on board will be the toughest part. I fell of a Sydney 38 in a middle of race, and even with 5 strong guys pulling on me, getting be back on board was very difficult.
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